Maryville and Knoxville, TN
When you look at your smile in the mirror, are you pleased with what you see? If not, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are dissatisfied with the appearance of their smile, but you can have the great-looking smile you always wanted through the services of a skilled cosmetic dentist like the ones on staff at Crestview Dental Care. Veneers can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of your smile. Let’s learn more about one of the most popular and versatile treatments in cosmetic dentistry.
What are veneers, and how should you care for them?
Many adults are not happy with the way their teeth look. Smiling should be a beautiful, joyful experience—not something you should be embarrassed by or try to conceal. You can transform your smile and your whole appearance using dental veneers. Veneers can give you the white, perfectly looking teeth you’ve always wanted.
Why are veneers used in dentistry?
Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy with little or no preparation. Installed by a skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist, veneers transform the quality of your smile. Veneers can be used on a single tooth, or to cover the entire visible tooth surface.
Crestview Dental Care can use veneers to address a variety of aesthetic issues, often at the same time, such as:
- Covering a chipped tooth
- Covering discolored teeth that have not responded well to teeth whitening procedures
- Correcting the appearance of slightly crooked teeth, or a single tooth that is out of alignment, without the need for orthodontics
- Concealing an undesirable gap between two teeth, usually the front teeth
- Tooth lengthening when a tooth appears too short or unevenly sized
What veneers does Crestview Dental Care use?
In dentistry, veneers are wafer-thin custom-made shells that are placed over your tooth or teeth to improve the aesthetics. There are two types of veneers: a resin composite and a porcelain veneer. Porcelain is the more popular of the two as it is less likely to stain and is more durable. The dental porcelain we use in these procedures is somewhat translucent, giving it the same light-reflecting quality of natural tooth enamel. When bonded in place, porcelain veneers can create a new, natural-looking smile.
While a composite veneer typically can be installed in a single appointment at our Maryville office, getting a porcelain veneer usually requires two dental visits. One of these visits entails diagnosis and treatment planning. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel. A local anesthetic can be used if needed. We will take digital impressions, which are sent out to a lab that constructs your veneer. After about two weeks, we receive your veneer, and you return to our office to have it placed permanently to your tooth. Dental cement is applied to the veneer and then placed on your tooth. A special light is used to harden the cement quickly.
Care for veneers
Continue to brush and floss at least twice a day. You may also use a mouth rinse if desired. Good oral hygiene will help your veneers last longer, and keep your oral health in check.
Veneers in Knoxville
Ready to learn more about how we can use veneers to make your smile look beautiful? Please contact Crestview Dental Care for a consultation today by calling (865) 982-1700. We serve patients in the areas of Maryville and Knoxville, Tennessee.